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Situation with truck line at Latvian-Lithuanian border has improved

Saturday, April 4, 2020

The situation with delivery trucks waiting in a long line to cross the Latvian-Lithuanian border at Grenctale improved this morning, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics (New Unity) said in an interview to Latvian Television. The minister said that the queue built up after Lithuanian authorities decided to conduct additional document checks for all trucks crossing into Lithuania and to measure drivers’ body temperature because of the Covid-19 threat. The Latvian Foreign…

Covid-19 Estonia: 1.5 mln protective masks to be distributed to state’s front-line workers

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Estonian Minister of Public Administration Jaak Aab said that the distribution of altogether 1.5 million masks and other personal protective equipment to healthcare and care institutions, as well as state and local government agencies, was launched, reported LETA/BNS. “We are trying to operate as quickly as possible so that the necessary personal protective equipment reaches front-line institutions and their employees all over Estonia,” Aab, who has also been appointed chief…

Coronavirus update: 771 confirmed cases in Lithuania, 83-year-old doctor the latest victim

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Seventy-five new  coronavirus   cases were diagnosed in Lithuania over Friday, bringing the country’s total count to 771. A woman in her 80s died from the disease on Saturday, the tenth Covid-19 victim in the country. The woman had been treated in Klaipėda University Hospital, the Ministry of Health said. She was later identified as Stanislava Bukartienė, an 83-year-old retired medical doctor, by her daughter on Facebook. Ten people have…

Number of coronavirus cases in Latvia passes 500 mark

Saturday, April 4, 2020

A further 16 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed on Latvian territory April 4, raising the total number of cases from 493 on Friday to 509 on Saturday. The new figure was released by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) which said 1,182 tests had been conducted during the previous 24-hour period. In total 19,380 tests have been carried out since February 29. 29 patients are in hospital, most of whom have moderate symptoms of the disease…

Like after Chernobyl, people in Belarus kept in the dark

Saturday, April 4, 2020

While Belarusians speak about hospitals full of people with Covid-19, the official statistics hide the scale of the crisis. Lithuania is now worried about the virus spreading from its eastern neighbour, writes journalist Dzmitry Mitskevich in Minsk. Baltics in-depth. LRT English presents a forum of expert voices from the region. Alexander Lukashenko’s “bravado,” as the Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda  called   it, made Belarus famous all over the world. On…

Lithuanian health minister: Some respirators ordered from China faulty

Friday, April 3, 2020

Some of the respirators delivered from China on Saturday do not fit properly and are only “40–80 percent effective,” Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga said on Thursday evening. “The supplier agreed to change the low quality respirators with a new batch,” said Veryga. The faulty ones will be used as simple facemasks in lower-risk environments, he said, adding that they were still produced from material of appropriate quality. The Lithuaniana authorities…

Scientists: Around 200 people may die from coronavirus in Lithuania

Friday, April 3, 2020

The novel  coronavirus   may claim around 200 lives in Lithuania, but the spread of Covid-19 will depend very much on the use of protective measures, according to a model presented by Vilnius University researchers. According to one forecast, which Professor Remigijus Leipus has termed the “realistic scenario,” the total number of deaths from the coronavirus in the country will stand at 208. If the predictions prove to be correct,…

Can you engineer a virus?

Friday, April 3, 2020

Popular conspiracy theories maintain that the new coronavirus may have been purposefully developed by scientists. LRT FACTS asks virology experts how virus labs operate and if it were possible, or likely, that scientists could be working on an artificial contagion.  Is it possible to make a virus? As the new coronavirus captured public imagination, Lithuanian online forums have filled with conspiracy theories: the coronavirus was “spread on purpose,” came from…

Weekend in Latvia: Music, bar crawl and brain training

Friday, April 3, 2020

The social distancing and self-isolation continues, but that doesn’t mean your only option for weekend activity is (decreased quality) Netflix and chill. Everyone is adapting to the new normal as the government mulls over extending emergency measures – the Culture Ministry has created a calendar of over 100 online events , and LSM.lv has released a downloadable calendar of children’s activities for every day in April. Check out our picks…

Coronavirus interrupts decommissioning work at Lithuania’s Ignalina NPP

Friday, April 3, 2020

Lithuania’s Ignalina nuclear power plant, shut down since 2010, has been forced to suspend decommissioning works after sending home around 1,000 employees due to the  coronavirus   quarantine. Audrius Kamienas, the head of the nuclear facility, says maintenance work will continue at the minimum level for around two weeks as of Monday. During that time, measures will be introduced at the facility to reduce contact among staff and step up…